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Mary Margaret “Marty” Metzger

Mary Margaret “Marty” (McDevitt) Metzger, age 87, of Shelby, died December 28, 2014 at the home of her daughter surrounded by her family.


Marty was born February 1, 1927 in Mansfield, the daughter of the late John Patrick and Veronica (Welsch) McDevitt. She graduated in 1944 from St. Peter’s High School in Mansfield and was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Bethlehem where she served as secretary/bookkeeper for 26 years. In her early working career she was employed at National Electric Supply Company and Westinghouse, both in Mansfield. Aside from her faith, her greatest joy was her family. She found great pleasure in cooking, canning, and baking for her family and friends and was proud to pass these traditions along to her grandchildren.


Surviving are her children: Louann (Rob) Steiner of Mansfield, Paul (Sheila) Metzger of Shelby, Dave (Faye) Metzger of Shelby; 4 grandchildren: Katie Steiner, Krista (Colton) Dull, Sarah Metzger and John Metzger; a sister: Elizabeth Risacher of Mansfield; a brother: Michael (Jane) McDevitt of Huron; 2 sisters-in-law: Judy McDevitt of Mansfield and Joannice Metzger of Maple Heights.


On October 6, 1956 she married Wilfrid “Boots” Metzger and he preceded her in death in 2005. Also preceding her in death were a daughter: Jacqueline Ann “Jackie” Metzger; 2 grandsons: Andrew and Robert Steiner; 2 brothers: James McDevitt and John “Jack” McDevitt; 4 sisters: Dorothy McDevitt, Joan McDevitt, Barbara Thielen Forney, Sr. Michael Ann (Helen) McDevitt.


Friends and family are welcome on Friday, January 2, 2015 from 4-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:45 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Bethlehem, Shelby Settlement with Fr. Chris Bohnsack officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to the Jackie Metzger Scholarship Fund, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Shelby Home and Public Health, or OhioHealth MedCentral Hospice.


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Memories & Condolence

  1. karen (baker) reiker says:

    Paul and family,

    I just wanted to express my sympathy for the loss of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Karen (Baker) Reiker

  2. Janet Broach says:

    Aunt Marty was an absolute “special” aunt and friend. I will miss our Saturday afternoon visits. Glad she is now free from pain and finally back with Uncle Boots.

  3. Jeanie says:

    I first remember Uncle Boots and Aunt Marty from the wedding. I guess that shows how old some of us nieces and nephews are, doesn’t it? Aunt Marty’s caring began when she and Boots lived in their Venuum St. apartment. She watched over me when my dad was sick. I stayed at their house many nights as a child. I remember how the barn space was given to Alan so that he could build his boat in it. She sent garden goodies home with my mom and me through many summers. When mom died, she stepped right in and asked to serve dinner between calling hours. What a special aunt, and I will remember her always with love!

  4. John and Shelley Guiseppi says:

    Thoughts and prayers to family and friends…

    John and Shelley Guiseppi
    Lakeland, Fl.

  5. Julie Finnegan says:

    Your mom was always very sweet and kind to me. It meant a lot. You have my deepest sympathy.

  6. Debbie Gwirtz says:

    Many good memories of Marty. She and Boots were always volunteering and helping to keep the church and school going. Always there to help and give of their talents behind the scenes and not wanting recognition. May God reward her and Boots and Jackie well in their eternal home. Till we meet again!!!!

  7. Ann Imhoff says:

    My prayers are with all of you. She was a very sweet lady and taught you all to
    be like her
    God Bless You All

  8. Mark Allard says:

    Louann, I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May your memories of her give you peace and comfort.

  9. Randy and Debbie Ramey says:

    Louann, We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. A true gem to all that knew her. So many memories of her over the year’s but always a smile and warm heart when we saw her. So sorry we will be unable to attend, but will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you all you need in the coming day, months and years to have peace in your hearts. Love you

  10. Josephine Contra says:

    My deepest sympathy to all Marty’s family and friends. It is with fond memory that I relate the happy experience of our being hospital roommates in 2006. Although I had known of Marty from school years, it is there that I met her children and grandchildren,—and, oh my, what laughs we had during those visits—good medicine for the spirit!

    I have Marty and all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Josephine Contra

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